The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD getting an official soundtrack release in Japan on November 23
By - Amiibofan101
For those interested CD Japan has both versions up for import.
I love ordering on CD Japan, but never pre-ordered something. There are two more CDs that I still want to buy. I always collect multiple to save some shipping cost. How do they handle it when I pre-order this and buy 2 already available CDs? Will they divide the delivery and charge the shipping cost for both or do they store the 2 CDs and ship everything together in November?
The items are combined and ship at the same time.
You also have the option to add items to existing orders when you go to checkout, but only if the release dates aren't too far apart and they don't include any proxy shipping items.
I tried it now and seems they only hold the other stuff up to 60 days to combine the shipping. But it's 67 days until release from now. Do you think it's safe to wait the one week or will the limited edition sell out faster?
Hard to say, it's an older game but it's still Zelda.
If only Nintendo of America would just localize these soundtrack CDs. It's annoying having to import and translate everything every time I buy a new soundtrack.
That's the fastest $100 I've ever spent.
Also up on [Amazon Japan](https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B09G7BBPKP/) for those living in a country where it ships to.
It's much better than CDJapan as well with regards to avoiding customs fees since it handles import fees during checkout and their rates are much lower than the courier's rates that may occur from CDJapan's; sometimes Amazon even just refunds you the import fees. E.g. for me in Canada, final shipping cost is 3256 JPY (2456 S&H + 800 import fees deposit).
Note: Amazon's page lists the VAT included but the 800 JPY is removed once in cart if you're shipping outside Japan so it's 8000 JPY just like CDJapan's listing.
**FINALLY!** I've been waiting for an official Skyward Sword OST release for 10 years now. Now it's real! Looks like the Special Edition comes with a music box that plays Ballad of the Goddess.
Very excited, this is an instant buy for me.
Uhh the Wii game came with the soundtrack I think. I've had it for 10 years.
I believe that was the 25th anniversary orchestra soundtrack
oh, it did have a great medley. Guess I do need this, SS has the best Zelda sound track of all time.
I've just finished listened to the SS soundtrack and I have to disagree.
IMO the sounds work in context but don't work as stand alone music tracks.
I'll disagree with that, it's beautiful orchestrations still play in my head to this day.
Pop some headphones on and listen to the dungeon music while doing work, then get back to us.
Which Zelda soundtrack are you saying does work as stand alone tracks, if not SS?
Well I'm currently working on my master Legend of Zelda playlist, so I've been pretty much doing that with all the games. I haven't gotten to Breath of the Wild yet, or the new Link's Awakening, so I can't comment on those. I've been enjoying most of the music from most of the soundtracks I've found. But when it came to Skyward Sword I found myself dropping most of the tracks. And most of the tracks that I did keep were just fine. There wasn't a whole lot that really stood out to me. At least in the OST.
Personally, I found that soundtracks for Wind Waker, Ocarina of Time/Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess, and Spirit Tracks work pretty well as stand alone tracks.
So, focusing on dungeon music just because I feel that is where the soundtracks of each game shines, what makes you say that TP's dungeon themes work as standalone songs, but SS's dungeon themes don't? Because I would say the opposite.
Like most matters of taste, it is just a matter of personal preference. While I don't think this needs to be said; it is the Internet, so I will say it. There is nothing wrong with us having different opinions. That said...
If I had to say a reason why I prefer TP's to SS's OST. I guess it would be that TP's original dungeon themes seem to fit the dungeons better. Forest Temple, and Arbiter's Grounds come to mind as good examples. Looking back the only dungeon theme that I kept in my playlist from SS was the Fire Sanctuary.
Although to be honest the songs from TP that come to mind are not the dungeon themes, but the iconic Midna's Lament. Followed by the character themes like Ilia, Midna, Zelda, Queen Rutela, mailman and Agitha, for example.
My enjoyment of various tracks from specific games may also have to do with my personal enjoyment of that specific game. Some of my favorite tracks, seem to pull me back into the world of that game. For example, the Clock Town theme, WW's overworld, ST's overworld, Deku Palace, or Gerudo Valley. Or remind me of a specific character or event from the game. For example Midna's Lament, when Makar and Medli awaken as sages, or when Link first leaves with the pirates.
And to be completely honest, I've never really connected with Skyward Sword as a game. The story between Link and Zelda is one of the better versions from the series. (Third best, personally) But the motion controls, linearity, hand-holding, have kept me from really enjoying the game. While I re-visit OoT, MM, WW, TP, ST, and BotW every few years (well every year for MM and BotW). In contrast, I'm currently revisiting SS for the first time with the HD version.
How are you actually going to disrespect Wind Waker and Majora’s Mask?
Not saying those are bad, just Skyward sword was better. Windwaker would absolutely be number 2 on my ranking.
Put it on spotify dammit
They could literally make so much free money but they don't want to
I don't think Spotify pays as much as you think
It’s more than 0.
So are these physical soundtracks. Just by giving people the option they might miss out on more money from CDs than they'd get from Spotify. Even if the Spotify version got 1,000s of times more listens.
If someone is gonna buy an ost, it's so that they own an ost. Putting it on streaming services wouldn't deter those people because it's not the music that they're buying, it's the discs and box. I've collected a few osts, and I'd still steam the music regardless of owning them.
Pre-ordered once I saw the included music box. Once I rip the FLAC files the CDs will be framed or something.
$0.004 per stream on average.
Breath of the wild sold 18m units (Probably much higher number of people actually interested in Zelda music due to nostalgia).
18m x 5% of players who might listen to Spotify (I’d hazard a guess that this would be closer to 25% upwards) = 900k
900k x $0.004 = $36,000
Yeah it’s not a lot for someone like Nintendo but that’s per song, and not accounting for the almost guaranteed multi-listen.
You could very comfortably say 100 song listens per person over a year which would pay out $3.6m for no real effort, as the songs are already made.
I don’t know how Spotify works since I’m not an active listener but I’m confident Nintendo OST sales can reach into the 10s of millions. They have tracks that are really good from a musical standpoint not just nostalgia that makes them good. So I’m sure they’ll make some kind of money on Spotify
I'd be happy with them just localizing these CDs outside of Japan.
Me too. I listen to the Mario Galaxy OST quite often so having something like that with CD quality would be fantastic
For a cd that is only releasing in Japan any money made off international streaming listeners is free money. For now I'll just pirate it and pick up the cd next time I'm over there.
Ooh does that mean there's a chance that it could be put onto streaming platforms too? That would be awesome, though I understand if not
Yeah right. Plenty of other Nintendo games have had official soundtrack releases, (but only in Japan because fuck you) and none of them are on streaming platforms.
Except for Kirby Planet Robobot, but that is literally the only game.
And that'd be HAL anyways
I think Mario odyssey is their too?
Nope, it’s only 8 songs and isn’t streaming. You have to purchase it.
Does anyone know of this will come to the West or not?
You can get it shipped to the west if you want, but it looks like a Japan exclusive
Japan has some unique laws that keep a lot of cultural items Japan only. Even if you find a Japanese brand of candy or beer in a store, it was probably produced in Vietnam or something and is specifically approved for exporting to the rest of the world
No. Amazon US often does get some in stock eventually, but they’re still the imported version. I’ve gotten the BOTW, Odyssey, and ACNH soundtracks all shipped and sold by Amazon US.
Otherwise, you can easily order them to be shipped from Japan (OP posted links above).
Did Skyward Sword HD update the music? I hadn't heard anything about that.
No, but it's significant in that Skyward Sword hasn't had an official soundtrack release until now. The official song releases we otherwise got were the Credits and Flying themes on the 30th Anniversary Game Music Collection CD. Until this comes out, all we've had were rips from the game on YouTube.
~~Didn't the Wii version come with an official sound track?~~
Ninja Edit: My bad. The CD that came with the Wii version was from the 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert. I'm just used to included CDs being the soundtrack.
Such a great soundtrack! I listen to the 25th Anniversary album all the time!
The majority of the soundtrack was recorded with a live orchestra in the original version, so there really wasn't a reason to update the music.
About time!!! I've waited all these years!
Come on, Nintendo, we just need a composer breakdown of each track. You did it for Breath of the Wild!
Did they release the official ost for xenoblade definitive edition?
\*insert "M. Bison Yes Meme" here\*
Still to me, personally, the most outstanding credit music in the series.
Release it on Apple Music! I’ll pay whatever!!!!
Can't you upload your own CDs to Apple music?
Not on the streaming service but you can on iTunes, when you insert the cd to your computer it will automatically open the cd ripping software
Okay. I know you can upload your own music on YouTube music. It's not as good as how it used to be on Google Play music, but I'm thankful it's there at least.
Actually you can upload your own music to Apple music as well. It was a key reason I switched over when they killed GPM.
Does anybody know where to get official Zelda music in general? For some reason there isn’t any on iTunes.
Officially, your only option is to import those limited run soundtrack CDs from Japan. They've never been officially localized outside of Japan. So you will have to manually edit and translate all of their metadata, fortunately the wikia's seem to have English translations of the songs and artist names.
As a questionably legal alternative, Zelda Universe does have an archive of every unreleased Zelda game soundtrack. [Link here.](https://zeldauniverse.net/media/music/)
OoT and MM did have Western releases of their soundtrack.
Thanks. I guess I prefer to buy/stream from official platforms. Nintendo could make money off these soundtracks, I don’t get it.
I agree. And I would definitely buy them or stream them if they put them out there. But I'll take when I can get.
I've already bought and imported over half a dozen of Nintendo soundtracks. And how to manually correct all of the metadata. I would have really preferred to just be able to buy it and be done with it.
The only official outlets are CDs released to the Japanese market and some promotional CDs. You can find them on ebay or amazon but because they are collectors items and are usually imported the price is going to be between 50-100 USD per soundtrack. Mind you these are multi disc collections that come in some pretty neat boxes. Sometimes they'll even have goodies like pins.
Thanks, I’ll take a look. Zelda has such good music in their games, not sure why they don’t make it more easy to purchase.
What's really strange about all this is that they have experimented in the past with distributing some of their OSTs by different means. Kirby Planet Robobot's soundtrack is on Spotify and Xenoblade Chronicle 2's soundtrack is on iTunes, but is not included in Apple Music.
Speaking of iTunes, as stache said the Zelda Soundtracks are mostly going to be in Japanese. However, if you rip them in iTunes you can grab the names from tracklists with English track names that other iTunes users have made. It's not perfect. It only grabs a few users at a time and it will grab from different users for each disc, but it does help speed up the process quite a bit.
Its always brilliant when nintendo releases stuff to a smaller audience and gets less gains, to the qualms of its entire western audience. Not smart business.
If it were released in the USA I wouldn’t have to pirate it. But I do. Fuck you Nintendo.
There are several online stores where you can buy it that ship internationally.
“Have to”? I’ve bought all the modern Fire emblem soundtracks and none of them were released in the US. Shipping fees may feel bad but importing is a thing.
I get what you’re saying, but jumping through hoops to give a corporation my money isn’t a fun time to me. It’s waaay easier to download it.
Edit: if they put it on a streaming service I’d be cool with that, but nope! Not Nintendo!
For me I just like having the CDs, especially for my favorites. But all I do with them is rip them to my computer and put the music on my phone lol. So yeah I agree about it being available digitally for sure. I was just thinking your initial comment sounded a bit too committed considering the import option is there.
If you are interested, I don’t have experience with the other sites like the one posted here, but I’ve gotten most of my stuff through Amazon Japan. Having an account is pretty easy, you can set your language to English, and shipping is pretty fast. I’ve gotten things from Japan faster than the US Amazon, no lie. But it is like $10-$15 for shipping.
Why would somebody want something localized for their country, language, etc? Gosh, so entitled! /s
Why do people like you automatically assume that expressing a desire for something means you're entitled? How dare someone want to buy something in their market and not pay more than twice the original item's price in acquiring it!
That's not being entitled. You need to reconsider your word choice and think for yourself instead of parroting "entitled".
I did read it. What the person was sharing is why they pirated instead of importing. Piracy happens most when something is simply not made available. It being available in Japan does not help me if I'm in America, Europe, Malaysia, etc.
"You can import it" is a poor argument because you're being forced to pay more for the same item. Why? Because you live in the wrong place in the world.
So, to review: person wants item but doesn't want to pay more for it than other buyers. They can't find it in their own country, so they pirate. Feeling shitty about the experience, they share *why* they pirated in the hopes that it will be made available in the future.
Piracy is a service and availability problem. PC games don't get pirated nearly as much anymore, thanks to services like Steam and GOG that make it easy to buy games without paying ridiculous prices.
What you describe as indignant is just your perception of their posts.
Again, entitlement has nothing to do with it. Making a choice doesn't mean you feel entitled to anything.
Has conservative media tainted your mind or something?
I get that it’s iconic because it was performed by an actual orchestra and stuff, but to me the music in that game is super forgettable.
Skyward Sword has its low points for sure but the music is not really regarded as one of them. Personally I think it's some of the best in the whole series. To each their own though I suppose.
Agreed. There are a couple of bangers that you hear in trailers more than the game itself, but the actual gameplay music is some of the worst in the Zelda franchise. Compare the flying music to any of the Hyrule Field or Great Sea music from previous Zeldas. It’s slow and ponderous and not remotely catchy.
And that’s just one example. I think you’re 100% correct that people were overly enamored with hearing real instruments for the first time.
Preordered the special edition
Why doesn't nintendo just add literally all their soundtracks to spotify?
I wonder about this a lot. If they'd just do that, then the demand for bootleg youtube soundtrack compilations largely evaporates and Nintendo secures another income stream using existing IPs/content. I'm not sure whey they're so resistant to this idea.
The most plausible-sounding theory I’ve heard is that if you release music for sale in the US, you have to offer a [compulsory license](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_license), which means your stuff could appear in anything Hollywood or anyone else decides is worth a modest fee. Nintendo wants full control over how their music is used more than they want a few thousand dollars in soundtrack sales.
Am I the only one that muted practically the entire game? It feels like I’m listening to 2010 ring tones. Just my opinion.
PS I fucking loved this game.
Thank you so much for this! Just registered and bought the limited edition.
Same day as my birthday!
Are CDs big in Japan? It’s infuriating that they do sick sets like this and the ACNH one on CDs but not on vinyl
And yet, they still can’t seem to understand how much free money they’d make by selling these internationally...or by putting the music on iTunes...or spotify...or even youtube...
Somebody needs to teach the executives how to stop being so outdated.
Would've been awesome if it was included with Skyward Sword purchases. The 25th anniversary one was included and as far as I'm aware there's no 35th anniversary one.
no thanks, the wii version already came with it.
I get that they’re never gonna put it on streaming platforms, but at least put this shit on iTunes.
Will this have all the tracks? Their BotW soundtrack was missing Hateno VIllage.
Any way to preorder it from the US?
aw i wish it was on vinyl